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May 29, 2020

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  • On Fire

    Thousands Protest as Minneapolis Burns

    Last night, Minnesota National Guard troops were called in as fires spread across Minneapolis, burning a police precinct building and other structures as thousands protested the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in police custody. None of the involved officers have been charged. Responding to the…

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  • No Retweet

    Trump Executive Order Targets Social Media

    Shares in Twitter fell 4.5 percent yesterday after President Trump signed an executive order aimed at curbing the legal protections social media platforms currently enjoy in the United States. He asked for a wide-ranging review of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act after Twitter attached fact checks to misleading…

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  • Local Politics

    Hong Kong Simmers as China, US Trade Threats

    China’s Ministry of Public Security promised to “guide” Hong Kong police as many protested China’s decision to move forward with a new national security law that abolishes much of the city’s autonomy. The U.S. threatened to revoke the city’s special status under American law and treat it as part of…

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  • Money Matters

    Millions Rely on Dwindling US Pandemic Aid

    About 30 million Americans are now receiving unemployment benefits, of 40 million who applied since the start of the crisis. But an extra $600 weekly unemployment benefit is set to expire at the end of July, eviction moratoriums are ending and the government’s one-time $1,200 checks are largely spent. The…

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  • In Short

    Also Important…

    The Boston Marathon has officially been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history. A prominent YouTuber is under fire from fans after she documented her adoption of an autistic child — and then quietly placed him with another family. And the deepest ever sighting of an octopus has…

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